A 360° view of urban mobility in the Netherlands

A 360° view of urban mobility in the Netherlands

With our new series of 360° pictures, you can experience best practice examples of urban planning & mobility in an interactive way.

The first trip takes us to the Netherlands, where cycling is an essential part of the Dutch culture and cyclists are omnipresent. No other county boasts such an impressive share of cyclists - on average 27 % of all trips in the Netherlands are done by bike. Cities like Amsterdam, Utrecht, and Groningen even have much higher shares of cyclists and are constantly among the world’s top cycling cities. This impressive numbers of cyclists are enabled by excellent cycling infrastructure that can be found throughout the country. It consists of a vast network of segregated cycle paths that do not only run through urban centers but also connect towns and run through rural areas.

A great example of the abundance and quality of Dutch cycling infrastructure is the “RijnWaalpad” cycling highway, connecting the cities of Arnhem and Nijmegen. Since these cities are the biggest in the Region, a lot of commuter traffic exists. The 16 km long cycling highway significantly shortens the travelling time between the cities and is used heavily.

Key to the success of the cycle highway is its directness and convenience of use. Cyclists can travel between Arnhem and Nijmegen without making a single stop.

Netherlands: Cycling Tunnel along the

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Bicycle tunnels allow the crossing of busy roads without the need to stop. Tunnels along the RijnWaalpad have been designed especially safe, comfortable and attractive. The Eisenhower tunnel is the longest along the route and nearly 80 m long. Therefore special care was taken in the design to ensure that people feel that it is a safe place. The slope of the tunnel is build very gentle, so it is easy to cycle and cyclists can see all the way through to the other side. Furthermore there are three “windows” in the roof, allowing daylight to enter and the tunnel is even lit with smart LEDs that respond to passing cyclists.

Cycling Bridge along the

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In Nijmegen the highway crosses the river on the Snelbinder bridge, one of the longest cycling bridges in the Netherlands. The bridge with a total length of 2 kilometers had been build attached to an already existing railway bridge and is equipped with protective wind screens and good lighting allowing to cross the river comfortably at any time of the day.

Bicycle Parking at the Nijmegen Train Station in the Netherlands

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The vast number of cyclists creates the need for effective parking facilities. Around the train station in Nijmegen, more than 10,000 bike racks have been installed. This high quantity and quality of bicycle parking facilities has shown effect: More the 40 % of passengers arrive at the train station in Nijmegen by bike.

More 360° Pictures of urban planning examples in the Netherlands can be found on our Flickr channel.

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To learn more about our approaches in the field of cycling and walking click here.

For more information about the RijnWaalpad cycle highway click here or view the route here.

Author: Jan-Marc Joost

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